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Ask the travel expert: Lucerne, Interlaken, Jungfrau are not to be missed when in Switzerland

Don't forget to make a trip to Chillon Castle and or explore chocolate factories.

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Updated: Jul 11, 2019, 07.15 AM IST
A Swiss train passing through the Alps.
Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions on Travel — howtos, trends, recommendations and more. Send in your questions to:

I am planning to take a vacation in July/August, but I want to avoid rains and enjoy clear weather. I prefer international destinations with the visa on arrival. Kindly help me decide a destination.
While there are several countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Seychelles and others that offer visa on arrival for Indians, all of these will experience rainfall during July. Why don't you look at a safari holiday in Kenya which is expected to have clear skies and little possibility of rain? While Kenya offers on-arrival visa to Indians, obtaining Yellow Fever Vaccination 15 days prior to your travel is mandatory.

My sister is going to Switzerland for a wedding. Since she is visiting the country for the first time, could you recommend some must-visit places? Having access to both -credit and debit cards, should she carry foreign currency notes or a prepaid forex card? Kindly advice.
Switzerland is known for its scenic countryside and good-looking cities, all very well-connected by an excellent network of rails, buses and boats. Your sister should get a Swiss Travel Pass (for 3, 4, 8 or 15 days -depending on the duration of her stay) which gives her access to their entire transport system. I would recommend visiting Lucerne, Interlaken and Zurich and even head to the Jungfrau region or the spectacular Mt Titlis from here. Don't miss Geneva, known for its beautiful city Lake Geneva and several high-street and luxury brands. Very close to Geneva is Montreux from where you can also make a trip to Chillon Castle and or explore chocolate factories on-board the Swiss Chocolate Train. Both of these are included in the Swiss Pass but you will have to pay an additional reservation fees for Swiss Chocolate Train.

The Chillon Castle in Monreaux, Switzerland.

A multi-currency prepaid forex card would be highly recommended as she can load both Swiss Francs and Euros (if she's travelling to countries nearby). Also, it saves around 3.5 - 7% cross currency charges when compared to a Credit/Debit Card.

We are planning a honeymoon trip to South Africa in November. Is it a good time to go? Also, can we club it with Mauritius?
November is a great time to visit South Africa! It is also one of their busiest months and all good hotels generally get sold out much in advance. I would recommend you make your bookings at the earliest to ensure you get the hotels you have in mind. South Africa ideally requires at least 7-8 nights. If you have more time and budget is not a constraint then you should definitely club Mauritius with South Africa.

Clifton beach without people in the late afternoon.

Europeans value their lunch breaks, and midday meals often extend over hours. So you may find a ticket office or post office closed from noon until 2pm.

Flight Centre Travel Group, headquartered in Australia, is one of the world’s largest travel management companies. In India, the group operates an extensive portfolio of corporate and retail travel brands including FCM Travel Solutions and Corporate Traveller (corporate travel management),Travel Tours (leisure travel), FCM MICE (incentive travel and events) Travel Money India (foreign exchange), FCM InComing (inbound travel) and Travel Air Representations (travel wholesalers).

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